Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. May 11, 2012
    85
    Armored Core V depicts fast-paced mech-warfare, where mech-building skills and tactical manoeuvres are as important as quick reflexes. [May 2012]
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    It's still the hardcore spectacle we know and love, with its Moonlight laser blades and hidden AC parts, but by bringing mecha enthusiasts together in a team-based environment that isn't restricted to one-on-one arena battles, we finally have a game on which an online community can be built.
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    75
    If you can't play online, Armored Core V is rather dry, but if you can, it's a detailed and substantial mech experience made loads better by the addition of other people.
  4. Mar 22, 2012
    75
    This is fanservice for mecha fans in its purest form. Armored core lovers will definitely appreciate the extensive multiplayer and the usual amazing customization options, everyone else will probably give up soon, due to the boring and repetitive campaign and gigantic amount of data that needs to be absorbed.
  5. This is war in its most brutal form and as fans on the series know this translates into a merciless game with a complex control scheme, complicated menus and a shitload of different parts for your mechs. [April 2012, p.98]
  6. May 14, 2012
    70
    Despite failing to reach its spectacular potential due to the region issues, there's still a great giant robot sim to be enjoyed. [June 2012, p.65]
  7. Apr 30, 2012
    70
    Yes, for newcomers, Armored Core V is a difficult game, frustratingly difficult. Yet it can be rewarding to those willing to put their precious hours not into learning a new language, or a skill, but to master a mech-combat videogame.
  8. Apr 5, 2012
    70
    The technical issues, obtuse game design, and low population really hurt Armored Core.
  9. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    Armored Core V is a good step forward for this franchise. The huge and interesting multiplayer experience is a nice addition to the Armored Core brand. The lack of balance on the unlocking process and Conquest Mode, sadly, ruins the game's flow.
  10. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    The most rewarding and commendable component of ACV is its multiplayer offering. If you can get into that, especially with some friends, it's easier to forgive the flaws and have fun.
  11. Mar 21, 2012
    70
    It's still not the game that will make giant robot sims mainstream, but it does have some innovative ideas in terms of both combat and online play.
  12. Apr 2, 2012
    68
    Armored Core V has got a huge potential, but fails to deliver because of its unfriendly UI, repetitive missions and online shortcomings.
  13. 65
    The true value of the game comes from playing it as a multiplayer experience. Attempting to play through the game as a single, offline player is an uphill struggle during the more difficult missions, and diminishes much of the value found here. But while the multiplayer component provides an interesting platform for interacting with other like-minded mech enthusiasts it only works to mask the otherwise competent core experience beneath it.
  14. Apr 2, 2012
    65
    Don't get me wrong, the game is fun and a filled online match is second to none. With some better decisions this game could have been special, instead it's forgettable and will likely be abandoned. Sitting in lobbies is not the definition of a good time.
  15. Mar 20, 2012
    65
    I appreciate the interesting format AC V employs, and enjoyed the sense of camaraderie I had for my team. However, the story missions are too confusing and difficult, the order missions are too short and repetitive, and there is no in-between.
  16. Apr 27, 2012
    64
    Weak combat and shoddy visuals saved by some excellent mech customisation. [June 2012, p.88]
  17. Mar 21, 2012
    62
    Overcoming the initial intimidation of the vast arrays of stats and finding your footing in the battlefield are certainly challenges worth celebrating when victorious. However, if you're looking for an engaging campaign, measured and concise tactics, and stunning graphics beyond the mechs, From Software's latest entry will leave you severely disappointed.
  18. Apr 18, 2012
    60
    The game system of Armored Core 5 remains efficient but clearly suffers from out-of-date graphics that only huge fans of the IP will forgive. You've been warned!
  19. Apr 17, 2012
    60
    Yes, we are annoyed it isn't better than it is. [Issue#217, p.76]
  20. Despite the mechas' new,smaller stature(roughly two-thirds the size of those in previous titles), battles felt sluggish. [May 2012, p.81]
  21. Mar 30, 2012
    60
    Your typical niche game for those who dig robot combats. The robots are fully customizable, and of course, you can play online... it's deep and rich, even though its production values are clearly less than impressive. The solo campaign is weak, it's really online that its appeal appears.
  22. Mar 21, 2012
    60
    Armored Core V can field some fierce firefights, but the combat is encumbered by repetitious missions, simplistic objectives, and dull visual design.
  23. Mar 30, 2012
    55
    Armored Core V is a very dull vision of a future filled with powerful mechs – even though the tactical options and the extensive construction of those metal beasts are quite impressive.
  24. May 16, 2012
    50
    Fans will love V's hardcore complexities and online battles. It's all poorly presented, and impenetrable for newcomers. [June 2012, p.109]
  25. Essentially, the most entertainment here comes from (finally) tweaking your 'AC' to a preferred fighting style, applying tactics to infiltrate enemy lines and using the rocket boots to skate about and scale buildings. Frustration creeps right back in again when you realise how counterintuitive the menus are. [May 2012, p77]
  26. It's not entirely awful. Scaling buildings with your previously mentioned rocket feet gives proceedings an enjoyable verticality. Smashing houses, tanks and 'copters is also empowering like breaking fine china with a giant smashy mallet. But with the most annoying AI this side of Johnny 5 and one-note combat, ACV is repetitive robot rubbish.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Mar 21, 2012
    9
    Armored Core, coming from a person who used to play Chromehounds, another mech game, is different. But coming from From Software just like Chromehounds did i can definitely see the similarities that come from both series, and i can tell that this is just as good of a game. The only problem i seen was that there was a few glitches on day 1 but they have already been solved in the same day, and the online play is phenomenal, if you are used to a slower mech game like me you will have to take some time to practice and get used to this because if you don't you will be overwhelmed with the real players going wild with the dodging of shots. However, if you are just a single player gamer then i wouldn't recommend it just because its a mainly online game, but that never stopped these horrible titles like call of duty from getting good reviews. This game is really good if you are a mech game fan, and of course the review sites give it low scores because its not horrible like the FPS market is flooded with these day.s Full Review »
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    10
    The Best Armored Core game so far. Those who love the mech action genre is gonna love this game. Front Mission Evolved should have been this game. If only Squeenix chose From Software instead of crappy Developers... Anyway, this game plays so much like the old school AC games, which is great. Gone are the flying dual rifles, missile spamming days of AC4/FA. Now, you need to think tactically to flank your adversaries. Great Team online play and customizations options. -- Veteran of AC games since AC: Project Phantasma. Full Review »
  3. Mar 30, 2012
    10
    very enjoyable game i wish they made this a while ago looking forward to see how teams will work out. a little lacking on parts but still has a good selection. Full Review »